TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Pediatrics
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Houston, TX 77030
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    InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
    DepartmentDuncan Cancer Center
    DivisionCancer Center

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    PP160079     (Jibaja-Weiss, Montealegre)Aug 31, 2016 - Aug 30, 2020
    Leveraging a Community Network for Cancer Prevention to Increase HPC Vaccine Uptake and Completion among Pediatric Patients in a Safety Net Healthcare Setting
    Role Description: This project uses a comprehensive approach to address barriers that exist at multiple stages within the continuum of vaccine delivery.
    Role: Co-PI

    PP170094     (Jibaja-Weiss, Montealegre)Aug 30, 2017 - Aug 31, 2020
    Expanding a Community Network for Cancer Prevention to Improve Cervical and Colorectal Screening and Follow-up among an Urban Medically Underserved Population
    Role Description: The goal of this program is to increase access to and completion of cervical and colorectal cancer screening among patients in a safety net health system.
    Role: Co-PI

    PP190023     (Rodriguez, Schmeler)Mar 1, 2019 - Feb 28, 2022
    School-Based Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Program in the Rio Grande Valley: Continuation and Expansion to Hidalgo County
    Role Description: To expand and evaluate the performance of a school-based HPV vaccination program in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R01MD013715     (MONTEALEGRE, JANE R)Apr 16, 2019 - Dec 31, 2023
    A Randomized Controlled Trial of Mail-Self Stamped HPV Testing to Increase Cervical Cancer Screening Participation Among Minority/Underserved Women in an Integrated Safety Net Healthcare System
    Role: Principal Investigator

    PP190051     (Montealegre, Jibaja-Weiss)Aug 30, 2019 - Aug 31, 2022
    Expanding a Community Network for Cancer Prevention to Increase HPV Vaccine Uptake and Tobacco Prevention in a Medically Underserved Pediatric Population
    Role Description: The goals of this project are to increase the proportion of pediatric patients who complete the HPV vaccine series and to increase the proportion of pediatric patients who receive comprehensive tobacco prevention clinical services.
    Role: PI

    RP190641     (El-Serag)Aug 31, 2019 - Aug 31, 2024
    The Texas Collaborative Center for Hepatocellular Cancer Research
    Role Description: The goal of the Texas Collaborative Center for Hepatocellular Cancer (TeCH) is to reduce liver cancer mortality in Texas by reducing the number of people who develop cancer or detecting it early when it is curable.
    Role: Co-Investigator

    CA125123-14S5     (Heslop/Thompson, Montealegre)Sep 1, 2020 - Aug 31, 2021
    Administrative Supplement to NCI P30 Cancer Center Support Grants to Support Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) Activities across the Translational Research Continuum
    Role Description: Adapt an evidence-based cancer prevention intervention (obesity prevention) for use in Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Catchment Area
    Role: Project leader

    PP200057     (Rodriguez, Schmeler)Sep 1, 2020 - Aug 31, 2023
    School-based Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Program in the Rio Grande Valley: Continuation and Expansion in Starr, Hidalgo, Zapata and Jim Hogg Counties,
    Role Description: Implement and evaluate a school-based HPV vaccine program in rural counties in the Rio Grande Valley
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R21CA249367     (RICHARDS-KORTUM, REBECCA R.)Feb 1, 2021 - Jan 31, 2023
    Point-of-care HPV mRNA test for cervical cancer screening in low-resource settings
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Rodriguez AM, Do TQN, Jibaja-Weiss ML, Chen L, Schmeler KM, Montealegre JR, Kuo YF. Human Papillomavirus Vaccinations During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Middle Schools in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Am J Public Health. 2022 09; 112(9):1269-1272. PMID: 35862887.
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    2. Amboree TL, Montealegre JR, Padgett Wermuth P, Mgbere O, Fujimoto K, Darkoh C. Awareness of human papillomavirus and reported human papillomavirus vaccine uptake in a high-risk population. Prev Med Rep. 2022 Aug; 28:101853. PMID: 35733608.
    3. Amboree TL, Montealegre JR, Fujimoto K, Mgbere O, Darkoh C, Wermuth PP. Exploring Preventive Healthcare in a High-Risk Vulnerable Population. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 04 08; 19(8). PMID: 35457380.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Sonawane K, Suk R, Chiao EY, Schmeler KM, Montealegre J, Fernandez ME, Deshmukh AA. Evaluation of Cervical Cancer Screening Uptake and Adherence Among Women Without Human Papillomavirus Vaccination in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 10 01; 4(10):e2131129. PMID: 34698852.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    5. Sonawane K, Lin YY, Damgacioglu H, Zhu Y, Fernandez ME, Montealegre JR, Cazaban CG, Li R, Lairson DR, Lin Y, Giuliano AR, Deshmukh AA. Trends in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Safety Concerns and Adverse Event Reporting in the United States. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 09 01; 4(9):e2124502. PMID: 34533574.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Amboree TL, Sonawane K, Deshmukh AA, Montealegre JR. Regular Healthcare Provider Status Does Not Moderate Racial/Ethnic Differences in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV Vaccine Knowledge. Vaccines (Basel). 2021 Jul 20; 9(7). PMID: 34358219.
      Citations: 1     
    7. Montealegre JR, Singal AG, Asrani SK, El-Serag H. A Conceptual Model for Implementation and Evaluation of Interventions Across the Hepatocellular Carcinoma Care Continuum. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2022 05; 20(5):1174-1176. PMID: 34274512.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    8. Escobar B, Amboree TL, Sonawane K, Deshmukh AA, McGee LU, Rodriguez AM, Jibaja-Weiss ML, Montealegre JR. Human papillomavirus awareness among foreign- and US-born Hispanics, United States, 2017-2018. Prev Med Rep. 2021 Jun; 22:101379. PMID: 33996392.
    9. Spezia-Lindner NJ*, Montealegre JR, Daheri M, Harris SL, Muldrew KL, Gould Suarez M. Use of Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) in Acute Patient Care in a Safety Net Hospital System. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management. 2021; 2(28):82-89.
    10. Asare M, Popelsky B, Akowuah E, Lanning BA, Montealegre JR. Internal and External Validity of Social Media and Mobile Technology-Driven HPV Vaccination Interventions: Systematic Review Using the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance (RE-AIM) Framework. Vaccines (Basel). 2021 Feb 26; 9(3). PMID: 33652809.
      Citations: 1     
    11. McGee LU, Parker S, Bulsara S, Escobar B, Kline KN, Jibaja-Weiss ML, Montealegre JR. Adolescent electronic cigarette counselling: knowledge, attitudes and perceived barriers among clinical staff in a primary care setting. J Eval Clin Pract. 2021 12; 27(6):1398-1402. PMID: 33624429.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Sonawane K, Zhu Y, Lin YY, Damgacioglu H, Lin Y, Montealegre JR, Deshmukh AA. HPV Vaccine Recommendations and Parental Intent. Pediatrics. 2021 03; 147(3). PMID: 33563769.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Carrillo T, Montealegre JR, Bracamontes CG, Scheurer ME, Follen M, Mulla ZD. Correction to: Predictors of timely diagnostic follow-up after an abnormal Pap test among Hispanic women seeking care in El Paso, Texas. BMC Womens Health. 2021 Jan 27; 21(1):38. PMID: 33504327.
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    14. Carrillo T, Montealegre JR, Bracamontes CG, Scheurer ME, Follen M, Mulla ZD. Predictors of timely diagnostic follow-up after an abnormal Pap test among Hispanic women seeking care in El Paso, Texas. BMC Womens Health. 2021 01 06; 21(1):11. PMID: 33407351.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. McGee LU, Ressler KS, Boom JA, Bulsara S, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Jibaja-Weiss ML, Montealegre JR. Incomplete Records as a Leading Cause of Missed Opportunity for Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiation in a Safety Net Health System. Acad Pediatr. 2021 Sep-Oct; 21(7):1118-1125. PMID: 33359360.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    16. Montealegre JR, Anderson ML, Hilsenbeck SG, Chiao EY, Cantor SB, Parker SL, Daheri M, Bulsara S, Escobar B, Deshmukh AA, Jibaja-Weiss ML, Zare M, Scheurer ME. Mailed self-sample HPV testing kits to improve cervical cancer screening in a safety net health system: protocol for a hybrid effectiveness-implementation randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2020 Oct 21; 21(1):872. PMID: 33087164.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic HealthCTClinical Trials
    17. Agyei-Baffour P, Asare M, Lanning B, Koranteng A, Millan C, Commeh ME, Montealegre JR, Mamudu HM. Human papillomavirus vaccination practices and perceptions among Ghanaian Healthcare Providers: A qualitative study based on multi-theory model. PLoS One. 2020; 15(10):e0240657. PMID: 33064718.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    18. Sonawane K, Zhu Y, Montealegre JR, Lairson DR, Bauer C, McGee LU, Giuliano AR, Deshmukh AA. Parental intent to initiate and complete the human papillomavirus vaccine series in the USA: a nationwide, cross-sectional survey. Lancet Public Health. 2020 09; 5(9):e484-e492. PMID: 32707126.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    19. Bracamontes CG, Carrillo T, Montealegre J, Fradkin L, Follen M, Mulla ZD. Analysis of count data in the setting of cervical cancer detection. J Investig Med. 2020 08; 68(6):1196-1198. PMID: 32665395.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Read SH, Valverde I, Montealegre JR, Rutherford TJ, Anderson ML. Qualitative assessment of knowledge and attitudes towards cervical cancer screening among male Latino immigrants in Houston, Texas. BMC Womens Health. 2020 07 06; 20(1):141. PMID: 32631299.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    21. Rodriguez AM, Zeybek B, Vaughn M, Westra J, Kaul S, Montealegre JR, Lin YL, Kuo YF. Comparison of the long-term impact and clinical outcomes of fewer doses and standard doses of human papillomavirus vaccine in the United States: A database study. Cancer. 2020 04 15; 126(8):1656-1667. PMID: 32037524.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    22. Asare M, Agyei-Baffour P, Lanning BA, Barimah Owusu A, Commeh ME, Boozer K, Koranteng A, Spies LA, Montealegre JR, Paskett ED. Multi-Theory Model and Predictors of Likelihood of Accepting the Series of HPV Vaccination: A Cross-Sectional Study among Ghanaian Adolescents. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 01 16; 17(2). PMID: 31963127.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    23. Suk R, Montealegre JR, Nemutlu GS, Nyitray AG, Schmeler KM, Sonawane K, Deshmukh AA. Public Knowledge of Human Papillomavirus and Receipt of Vaccination Recommendations. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Nov 01; 173(11):1099-1102. PMID: 31524931.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    
    24. Kaul S, Do TQN, Hsu E, Schmeler KM, Montealegre JR, Rodriguez AM. School-based human papillomavirus vaccination program for increasing vaccine uptake in an underserved area in Texas. Papillomavirus Res. 2019 12; 8:100189. PMID: 31654772.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    25. Ho LH, Montealegre JR, Al-Arabi S, Jibaja-Weiss ML, Suarez MG. Impact of Colonoscopy Preparation Video on Boston Bowel Preparation Scale Score. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2019 May/Jun; 42(3):251-258. PMID: 31145249.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Montealegre JR, Peckham-Gregory EC, Marquez-Do D, Dillon L, Guillaud M, Adler-Storthz K, Follen M, Scheurer ME. Racial/ethnic differences in HPV 16/18 genotypes and integration status among women with a history of cytological abnormalities. Gynecol Oncol. 2018 02; 148(2):357-362. PMID: 29276057.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsCTClinical Trials
    27. Montealegre JR, Varier I, Bracamontes CG, Dillon LM, Guillaud M, Sikora AG, Follen M, Adler-Storthz K, Scheurer ME. Racial/ethnic variation in the prevalence of vaccine-related human papillomavirus genotypes. Ethn Health. 2019 10; 24(7):804-815. PMID: 28870103.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    28. Ogunwale AN, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Montealegre J, Cui Y, Jibaja-Weiss M, Anderson ML. Non-utilization of the Pap Test Among Women with Frequent Health System Contact. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 12; 18(6):1404-1412. PMID: 26424729.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Kline KN, Montealegre JR, Rustveld LO, Glover TL, Chauca G, Reed BC, Jibaja-Weiss ML. Incorporating Cultural Sensitivity into Interactive Entertainment-Education for Diabetes Self-Management Designed for Hispanic Audiences. J Health Commun. 2016 06; 21(6):658-68. PMID: 27166651.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Ogunwale AN, Coleman MA, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Valverde I, Montealegre J, Jibaja-Weiss M, Anderson ML. Assessment of factors impacting cervical cancer screening among low-income women living with HIV-AIDS. AIDS Care. 2016; 28(4):491-4. PMID: 26493859.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    31. Ramondetta LM, Meyer LA, Schmeler KM, Daheri ME, Gallegos J, Scheurer M, Montealegre JR, Milbourne A, Anderson ML, Sun CC. Avoidable tragedies: Disparities in healthcare access among medically underserved women diagnosed with cervical cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Dec; 139(3):500-5. PMID: 26498912.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Montealegre JR, Mullen PD, L Jibaja-Weiss M, Vargas Mendez MM, Scheurer ME. Feasibility of Cervical Cancer Screening Utilizing Self-sample Human Papillomavirus Testing Among Mexican Immigrant Women in Harris County, Texas: A Pilot Study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Jun; 17(3):704-12. PMID: 25358741.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    33. Montealegre JR, Landgren RM, Anderson ML, Hoxhaj S, Williams S, Robinson DJ, Scheurer ME, Ramondetta LM. Acceptability of self-sample human papillomavirus testing among medically underserved women visiting the emergency department. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Aug; 138(2):317-22. PMID: 26026733.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    34. Hill MJ, Granado M, Montealegre JR. Examining predictors of willingness to recieve the catch-up HPV vaccine among age-eligible African American women. EC Anaesthesia. 2015; (2):113-122.
    35. Montealegre JR, Gossey JT, Anderson ML, Chenier RS, Chauca G, Rustveld LO, Jibaja-Weiss ML. Implementing targeted cervical cancer screening videos at the point of care. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Dec; 97(3):426-9. PMID: 25269411.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    36. Zhou R, Montealegre JR, Amirian ES, Scheurer ME. Reply to limitations in the imputation strategy to handle missing nativity data in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program. Cancer. 2014 Oct 15; 120(20):3262-3. PMID: 24962422.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Whitehouse KC, Montealegre JR, Follen M, Scheurer ME, Aagaard K. Sociodemographic factors associated with pap test adherence and cervical dysplasia in surgically sterilized women. J Reprod Infertil. 2014 Apr; 15(2):94-104. PMID: 24918082.
    38. Risser JM, Montealegre JR. Comparison of surveillance sample demographics over two cycles of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Project, Houston, Texas. AIDS Behav. 2014 Apr; 18 Suppl 3:382-90. PMID: 23907399.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    39. Montealegre JR, Selwyn BJ. Healthcare coverage and use among undocumented Central American immigrant women in Houston, Texas. J Immigr Minor Health. 2014 Apr; 16(2):204-10. PMID: 23224739.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Montealegre JR, Zhou R, Amirian ES, Scheurer ME. Uncovering nativity disparities in cancer patterns: Multiple imputation strategy to handle missing nativity data in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results data file. Cancer. 2014 Apr 15; 120(8):1203-11. PMID: 24436157.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Eberth JM, Kline KN, Moskowitz DA, Montealegre JR, Scheurer ME. The role of media and the Internet on vaccine adverse event reporting: a case study of human papillomavirus vaccination. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Mar; 54(3):289-95. PMID: 24257032.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. Montealegre JR, Johnston LG, Murrill C, Monterroso E. Respondent driven sampling for HIV biological and behavioral surveillance in Latin America and the Caribbean. AIDS Behav. 2013 Sep; 17(7):2313-40. PMID: 23568227.
      Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    43. Montealegre JR, Zhou R, Amirian ES, Follen M, Scheurer ME. Nativity disparities in late-stage diagnosis and cause-specific survival among Hispanic women with invasive cervical cancer: an analysis of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results data. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 Nov; 24(11):1985-94. PMID: 23934001.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    44. Montealegre JR, Follen M, Scheurer ME. Nativity differences in behaviors associated with high-risk HPV infection among Hispanic women in Houston, Texas, USA. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Aug; 15(4):836-41. PMID: 23300005.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    45. Montealegre JR, Risser JM, Selwyn BJ, McCurdy SA, Sabin K. Effectiveness of respondent driven sampling to recruit undocumented Central American immigrant women in Houston, Texas for an HIV behavioral survey. AIDS Behav. 2013 Feb; 17(2):719-27. PMID: 22961500.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    46. Montealegre JR, Risser JM, Selwyn BJ, McCurdy SA, Sabin K. Prevalence of HIV risk behaviors among undocumented Central American immigrant women in Houston, Texas. AIDS Behav. 2012 Aug; 16(6):1641-8. PMID: 22249955.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    47. Montealegre JR, Risser JM, Selwyn BJ, Sabin K, McCurdy SA. HIV testing behaviors among undocumented Central American immigrant women in Houston, Texas. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 Feb; 14(1):116-23. PMID: 21964937.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    48. Montealegre JR, Koers EM, Bryson RS, Murray KO. An innovative public health preparedness training program for graduate students. Public Health Rep. 2011 May-Jun; 126(3):441-6. PMID: 21553674.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    49. Koers EM, Montealegre JR, Bryson RS, Murray KO. Experiences of the Student Epidemic Intelligence Society in strengthening public health response and epidemiologic capacity. Public Health Rep. 2010 Nov-Dec; 125(6):922-8. PMID: 21121239.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    50. Lindblade KA, Richards M, Richards J, Gonzalez RJ, Cruz-Ortiz N, Zea-Flores G, Morales AL, Sauerbrey M, Castro J, Catú E, Arana B, Richards FO, Klein RE. Exposure of seasonal migrant workers to Onchocerca volvulus on coffee plantations in Guatemala. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2009 Sep; 81(3):438-42. PMID: 19706910.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    51. Gonzalez RJ, Cruz-Ortiz N, Rizzo N, Richards J, Zea-Flores G, Domínguez A, Sauerbrey M, Catú E, Oliva O, Richards FO, Lindblade KA. Successful interruption of transmission of Onchocerca volvulus in the Escuintla-Guatemala focus, Guatemala. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2009; 3(3):e404. PMID: 19333366.
      Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    52. Montealegre JR, Emert J, Lackey S, Bryson R, Murray KO. A graduate student epidemiology response program's partnership with local health departments to meet H1N1 surge capacity needs. Texas Public Health Association Journal. 2009; 61(4):33-34.
    53. Richards JE, Risser JM, Padgett PM, Rehman HU, Wolverton ML, Arafat RR. Condom use among high-risk heterosexual women with concurrent sexual partnerships, Houston, Texas, USA. Int J STD AIDS. 2008 Nov; 19(11):768-71. PMID: 18931271.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    54. Lindblade KA, Arana B, Zea-Flores G, Rizzo N, Porter CH, Dominguez A, Cruz-Ortiz N, Unnasch TR, Punkosdy GA, Richards J, Sauerbrey M, Castro J, Catú E, Oliva O, Richards FO. Elimination of Onchocercia volvulus transmission in the Santa Rosa focus of Guatemala. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2007 Aug; 77(2):334-41. PMID: 17690408.
      Citations: 53     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
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